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Poster: Lum Edwards Date: Mar 3, 2011 5:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 1975 ???'s

Another of those websurfs brought me to this line,

"With the exception of 1975, the Grateful Dead toured regularly around the USA from the winter of 1965 until July 9, 1995"

Keith and Donna seems to have started a band and toured during 1975. Did GD just take a year off, I know they played a few shows but they seem to be many months apart at times. Did recording Blues for Allah take that much time?

Another question When did Keith and Donna start playing with the Jerry Garcia Band?

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Poster: adks12020 Date: Mar 3, 2011 6:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1975 ???'s

I'm not sure exactly what show Keith and Donna started playing with JGB but I know they toured with JGB from January 1976 until the summer of 1977...and there are some amazing 1976 JGB shows.

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Poster: Phlesh Wound Date: Mar 3, 2011 7:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1975 ???'s

Keith and Donna started with JGB at the beginning of 1976 and played until the end of the 1978 JGB tour.

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Poster: portmcgroin Date: Mar 3, 2011 7:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1975 ???'s

K & D Jan 25,1976 - Nov 4,1978 This website is a good source for dates. http://www.thejerrysite.com/bands

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Mar 3, 2011 10:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1975 ???'s

Other than four one-off performances in 1975, the GD were off the road from 10/20/74 until 6/3/76. There were any number of reasons given by the band for this "retirement", but the broad reasoning seems to have been that they were struggling emotionally, physically, and financially from the burden of hauling the massive (and massively expensive) Wall of Sound all over the place, the accumulated effects of 8 years of more or less non-stop touring, and the pressures of running their own company. "It's gotten too big" seems to have been the operative phrase.

When they returned to the road in 1976, there were a number of major changes in place. The two drummer configuration was back as Mickey Hart returned, resulting in many tunes having a slower (and at times in 1976, almost plodding) tempo as this change was worked out. The rotating setlist was overhauled; a number of new songs were introduced, a few tunes disappeared, and some golden oldies returned in different arrangements. Finally, the structure of the show itself changes somewhat, with shorter, tighter performances being the norm (gone were the sprawling 3 hour plus monsters of 1973-74). In many ways, it was a very different band than the one last seen "retiring" at Winterland in 1974. This is why a large number of heads regard the 1975 hiatus as the basic fault line between the "old" and "new" Grateful Dead (I'm horribly over-simplifying all of this, but that's the gist of it).

I'm sure some else can fill you in on the Keith/Donna/Jerry dates.

This post was modified by skuzzlebutt on 2011-03-03 16:02:49

This post was modified by skuzzlebutt on 2011-03-03 18:45:37

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Poster: Lum Edwards Date: Mar 3, 2011 11:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1975 ???'s

Thanks for the answer: )

Why did they play those four shows I wonder? Looking through the 1975 section here I see alot of studio boards, never noticed those before and am about to listen to a few.

I like both sides of the divide So Far my favorite years are 1970, 1977, 1972-3 and 1980. Havent heard much 76 so maybe this weekend???

This post was modified by Lum Edwards on 2011-03-04 07:42:45

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Poster: portmcgroin Date: Mar 4, 2011 7:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1975 ???'s

Its amazing what pops up if you type studio in the search box:)

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Mar 3, 2011 10:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1975 ???'s

Check this place for all things Jerry......

http://www.thejerrysite.com/

If you click on the "Bands" tab, it lists all the various incarnations of all of his side projects with dates, etc.
Lots of other cool stuff there also!!

Happy hunting. see you in a few days (or weeks). LOL

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Poster: Lum Edwards Date: Mar 3, 2011 11:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1975 ???'s

Thanks, You are right, Might not hear from me for a while :) So much info there It could start a 1000 websurfs but that just leads to more questions.

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Poster: ice9freak Date: Mar 3, 2011 7:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1975 ???'s

I think it's also important to note that Jerry gigged his ass off in '75, just not with the Dead. Legion of Mary, baby!

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Poster: Lum Edwards Date: Mar 3, 2011 11:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1975 ???'s

Okay, at the risk of showing too much ingorance at one time, I never knew JG was part of Legion of Mary. Maybe I knew it at one time but it escaped me. Need to find some of those recordings. Thanks : )